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The Life Skills programme aims to assist first year students at the Tshwane University of Technology to develop meaningful academic and personal skills, knowledge and abilities that could enhance their university experience and potentially enable them to draw on higher education experience as an enabler of life chances. This programme is offered via lectures over one full academic semester. The course is structured in such a way as to complement the major subjects that students will be enrolled for in their first and subsequent years.

The Directorate of Student Development and Support presents the Life Skills programme to achieve three major outcomes.  Programmes are also structured according to three basic principles.

        Three major outcomes

        Three basic principles

  • Effective living
  • Effective learning
  • Employability

  • An outcomes-based approach that implies creative facilitation, and, when required, continuous assessment.
  • Maximum practical application and internalisation opportunities.
  • Flexibility and client need orientation.

The themes of the Life Skills programme may include topics such as:

Academic themes

  • Goal setting and planning skills
  • Time management
  • Information processing / SQ3R / Summarising
  • Classroom skills / Cornell note-taking strategy
  • Memorising skills
  • Test-taking -and exam strategies / integration of academic skills

Personal themes

  • Understanding the challenges of adjustment to student life
  • Managing personal stress effectively
  • Conflict management / problem solving
  • Relationship and friends

If your department is interested in implementing Life Skills as part of your academic programme for 2015, you are welcome to contact us. 


SDS Arts Unit

SDS Arcadia Unit

SDS Soshanguve South Unit

SDS Soshanguve North Unit

Building 12 – G04
Tel: 012 382 6062

Building 1 – G08 E
Tel: 012 382 6432

Building 5 – 215
Tel: 012 382 9662

Building 14 – G01
Tel: 012 382 9863

SDS Ga-Rankuwa Unit

SDS Polokwane Unit

SDS eMalahleni Unit

SDS Mbombela Unit

Office G04
Tel: 012 382 0701

Building 1 – G09
Tel: 015 287 0722

Building 7 – G78
Tel: 013 653 3109

Office 7
Tel: 013 745 3570

SDS Pretoria Unit

Social Support, Career/ Personal Counselling and Life Skills
Building 6-361/6-352
Tel: 012 382 5010/4826

Academic skills (Mentorship, writing- and study skills)
Building 6-329
Tel: 012 382 5273/5716

Assessment Centre
Building 6-352
Tel: 012 382 4394

Students with disability
Building 4 – G48
Tel: 012 382 4130/5072